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Author: Kevin Woodley

Inside Cory Schneider’s surprise playoff pad switch with Devils

#APR14 #NJDvsTBL #GAME2 2ND PERIODSchneider coming in … — x-John Smith (@NJviDs) April 14, 2018 Cory Schneider surprised the goaltending world – or at least our gear geek chapter in the goalie union – when he entered the New Jersey Devils first round playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday wearing CCM pads for the first time. Turns out Schneider was also caught by surprise. Schneider, who has worn Vaughn pads and CCM gloves throughout his 10-year NHL career, had been experimenting with the new pads in practice but wasn’t planning to wear them during a...

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‘A legendary career’ Luongo third goalie to 1,000 NHL games

“A legendary career.” That’s how Columbus Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark summed up long-time pupil Roberto Luongo as he hit an incredible milestone that further cemented that status. Luongo played his 1,000th game in the NHL on Thursday, stopping 26 shots in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins to keep the Florida Panthers playoff hopes alive. In doing so, Luongo joined legends Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, as the only goaltenders in NHL history to reach that milestone. It’s a number made all the more remarkable by how few have reached it. “I always thought it’s...

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Remarkable Canadiens Toque Mask for McNiven

When Jose Theodore donned a toque to play outdoors for the Montreal Canadiens at the inaugural Heritage Classic in 2003, it instantly became an iconic moment and image in Habs history. Michael McNiven’s new Canadiens toque mask is good enough to become the same. Painted by artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush for the Montreal puck-stopping prospect, the new mask captures the toque feel perfectly, right down to making the CCM and Canadiens logos look like they were sewn on. The closer you look, the more it appears there really is a toque over top of the mask. “We wanted...

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In the second part of his Pro Tips series, Carter Hutton advised his puck stopping peers to get out of the comfort zone of a “goalie-school goalie mindset” in practice, and find drills that allow you to battle and fight to find the puck the same way you have to during a game. The St. Louis Blues stopper knows, however, that not all practice drills are good for a goalie. Well it may be lost on a lot of the non-goaltender hockey world, including far too many head coaches, the reality that a lot of team practices can actually...

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